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Sunday, November 30, 2014

Sunday, November 30, 2014 - 16:32:00

The Sunday open line: Free thinkers welcome

The Sunday open line includes news that the Arkansas Society of Freethinkers is erecting a winter solstice display on the Capitol grounds for the sixth year.

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Sunday, November 30, 2014 - 16:28:00

Tom Cotton continues to point to Mexico as source of Islamic terrorism

U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton makes it to Meet the Press and draws a headline for emphasizing the need for more Mexican border security. The fact is, security is strong and illegal immigration is declining. He did not discuss mass deportation.

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Sunday, November 30, 2014 - 07:12:00

Starkville, Miss., shows the way for Fayetteville: Fairness is good for business

The issue in Fayetteville Dec. 9 — to preserve legal discrimination against gay people or not. Starkville, Miss., adopted the very ordinance now up for debate in Fayetteville and the result, based on a New York Times article Saturday, has been good for the city.

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Saturday, November 29, 2014

Saturday, November 29, 2014 - 16:04:00

The Saturday open line

Today's open line.

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Saturday, November 29, 2014 - 07:19:00

About that Battle Line Rivalry: Why not a Bootheel trophy?

Re the Arkansas-Missouri football game. Battle Line Rivalry? What battle line? We propose the Bootheel Trophy.

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Saturday, November 29, 2014 - 06:47:00

Little Rock Board considers grant for William Woodruff house

The Little Rock City Board will consider a proposal Tuesday for a grant of almost $100,000 to help restore the historic William E. Woodruff house on East Eighth Street, a project of the Quapaw Quarter Association.

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Saturday, November 29, 2014 - 06:25:00

Mike Huckabee and Ferguson, Mo., and the threat to police

A Huffington Post columnist finds a Mike Huckabee angle in the controversy in Ferguson, Mo. It's not flattering to the potential 2016 presidential candidate.

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Friday, November 28, 2014

Friday, November 28, 2014 - 16:19:00

The Black Friday open line — Santa arrested in Walmart protest

The Friday open line includes news of protests at U.S. Walmarts by a group seeking higher pay and more hours for the retail chain's workers.

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Friday, November 28, 2014 - 16:13:00

Mayor Stodola defends city employee insurance plan

Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola today distributed a copy of a letter he'd sent to Jarred McCauley, president of the Little Rock Fraternal Order of the Police, defending the city's decision to switch employee insurance coverage to the Arkansas Municipal League's self-insurance program from Qual Choice.

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Friday, November 28, 2014 - 11:32:00

Memorial service 1 p.m. Monday for Doug Smith

Memorial service for Doug Smith, 74, retired associate editor of the Arkansas Times, will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Ruebel Funeral Home. It will be led by Marie Mainard O'Connell. Memorials: Central Arkansas Library Foundation or the ACLU of Arkansas.

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Friday, November 28, 2014 - 10:08:00

Group complains about Huckabee's political exploratory ruse

The American Democracy Legal Fund has filed complaints with the IRS and the Federal Election Commission about Mike Huckabee's use of a nonprofit front group to lay groundwork for a 2016 presidential campaign.

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Friday, November 28, 2014 - 07:56:00

Women's City Club window debate heads to Little Rock City Board

The windows in the historic Women's City Club building, now home to the Junior League of Little Rock, remain a bone of contention for the Little Rock City Board. A showdown is set Tuesday.

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Friday, November 28, 2014 - 05:01:00

18 legislators object to free speech by UA chancellor

It's belated but important to note a letter signed by 18 Arkansas legislators objecting to University of Arkansas Chancellor David Gearhart's call for the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce to 

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Friday, November 28, 2014 - 04:47:00

Arkansas Chamber hires Republican spokesman to 'educate' on limiting damage lawsuits

None dare call it lobbying, but the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce has a new taxpayer-subsidized nonprofit headed by a former Republican mouthpiece with the aim of making it harder to file damage lawsuits or win big verdicts in them.

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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Thursday, November 27, 2014 - 08:02:00

Doug Smith, long-time Arkansas newsman, dies at 74

Doug Smith, a veteran Arkansas journalist who retired in 2013 after 21 years as a reporter, columnist and editorial writer for the Arkansas Times, has died at 74.

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Thursday, November 27, 2014 - 07:10:00

The Thanksgiving Day open line

The all-day open line for news and views on a crisp Arkansas Thanksgiving.

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Thursday, November 27, 2014 - 06:55:00

'50 Phenomenal Women' include historic Arkansans

The first same-sex couple to be married in Arkansas are featured in a Glamour magazine article about "phenomenal women who are making a difference."

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 19:39:00

Duggars: Their name brings $25,000 for gay kids

A Happy Thanksgiving addendum to my ongoing passion today: The social media campaign to use the anti-gay work of the reality TV show family of Jim Bob Duggar has now attracted attention from a national columnist and the fund-raising total has reached $18,000.

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 16:17:43

UPDATE: Duggar-based appeal raises $5,000 for homeless LGBT youth

Disagree with the Duggars on civil rights? A social media campaign has been developed to demonstrate that tangibly with a contribution to Lucie's Place, a Little Rock organization that helps LGBT youths.

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 15:44:00

UALR law professor criticizes LR police chief on post-Ferguson statement

Adjoa A. Aiyetoro, a member of the faculty at the UALR law school who began her legal career as a staff attorney in the civil rights division of the Justice Department, apparently shares my low opinion of the statement issued by Little Rock police via Twitter following the no-indictment decision in Ferguson, Mo.

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